Thread-waisted Sand Wasp (4Sept2022)

In “Common Thread-waisted Wasp (Ammophila procera),” they say on InsectIdentification: “The incredibly narrow ‘waist’ on this wasp led to its name. The glossy black wasp has a bulging abdomen with a red or orange band near the hair-thin waist. Long, skinny legs are black and allow the wasp to hold onto vegetation while it watches …

Common Eastern Velvet Ant (3Sept2022)

In “Dasymutilla occidentalis,” they say on Wikipedia: “Commonly mistaken for an ant, because of its appearance and its common name, it is a parasitoid wasp species in which the females are wingless, as is true for all females of Mutillidae. It can be recognized by its distinctive red coloring, with a black stripe that goes …

DeKay’s Brownsnake (5Sept2022)

In “DeKay’s brown snake,” they say on Wikipedia: “S. dekayi primarily feeds on slugs, snails, and earthworms. In the southern extent of its region the snake usually preys predominantly on earth worms, however in the northern reaches of its range slugs are the predominant food source. It has specialized jaws that allow it to remove …

Egyptian Geese (6Sept2022)

In “Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca,” they say on Audubon” “Native to Africa, this odd goose is popular in zoos and aviaries. Escaped birds have established wild populations in Florida, Texas, and California, and free-flying escapees are sometimes seen elsewhere.” In “Egyptian Goose,” they say on Wikipedia: “This is a largely terrestrial species, which will also …